Sunday, 27 May 2012

Weekend Wonder - Fairy Tales, Sunshire and Tag

Well, I have to say today has been a much better day! Thank heaven! Hormones have a lot to answer for; I mean summer's don't last long in these parts and when the sun shines you have to appreciate every moment! Two days lost to a bad mood, I could get mad with myself.........nah, not today!

What changed today? I woke up to a lovely e-mail and being tagged. I always sucked at tag, much too slow to get out of the way and not fast enough to tag anyone else. I have a feeling though this might be a game of tag I may like. I am one nosey lady and love to find things out about people and this is my chance to quiz you. All I have to do is find some facts to share first, hmmm slightly more problematic. Here goes:

It all started, for me any way, at The Mommy Rant. She was tagged and passed it along to Deb at Kicking Corners, which peeked my interest and also Larisa at Pappa is a Preacher who then tagged me in to something called the 11 questions game.

The rules appear quite simple; tell you all 11 things you don't know about me, tag 11 people and let them know, then set them 11 questions to answer.

Are you ready?

1. I am a dog person, I don't currently have one but I grew up with one in the house and want my girls to have the same experience.

2. I am quite crafty, quietly away. The girls and I are always making little handmade cards, tea light holders out of jam jars...the list goes on.

3. I struggle to see the good in me. Ok so you might already know this but I am struggling for things to write and I'm only on 3!!

4. I like American tv shows, well the ones I get to see on UK tv. Currently SMASH is on in the background as I type.

5. My favourite lunchtime spot is in my local park, off the beaten track, sat under a tree. This time of year the colour and light from the canopy are so beautiful and relaxing.

ok, so this was taken in winter ans isn't off the beaten track
but it is still in my local park!

6. I love music of any kind. There isn't much I don't like from classical, through rock to heavy metal. If it has a beat I'm hooked.

7. Is my favourite number (yes I'm getting desperate!)

8. Monet is my favourite artist.

9. I crush on things and people really easily and rarely fall out of love with them.

10. Only two to go....I wish I could go back to University and study Literature rather than the Forensic Psychology degree I ended up with (long story!!)

11. Seriously I can come up with one more surely?!? Ah ha, related to 6, a lot of songs have special memories attached to them that come back to me vividly when I hear the song again. Which is why I hate badly executed cover versions!

Few, I am glad that is over! Now for the easy bit, answering questions, does anyone else find it easier talking about themselves when you have a topic to talk about?

Here are the questions Larissa posed:

  • What is your favorite book? - I can't pick just one, sorry! I love anything by Julia Donaldson, my favourite of hers is Charlie Cook's Favourite Book. Or Lauren Child, favourite one of hers is Who's afraid of the Big Bad Book. Or Oliver Jeffers, my favourite of his being Heart in a Bottle. I know they are all children's books but they capture my imagination and stick in my mind. Plus some of the adult books I like at the moment I won't admit to!!
  • Favorite color? - I am quite a mono chrome kind of person for most things although green does seem to be creeping into my life quite a bit at the moment.
  • Sweet or salty (food). - Sweet....salty....sweet....salty....sorry just food, any food!
  • What was one gift that someone gave you that you will always remember? (Doesn't have to be one you liked. A memorable one.) - I was expecting my second little lady just after Christmas and the other half presented me with a large parcel as one of my gifts. It was big and squishy and I had no idea what was in it. I actually cried when I opened the shiny wrapping to discover a fleecy blanket covered in pictures of my eldest and the other half all smiling up at me. It was to keep me warm during the night feeds. I still love it and it is currently protecting my knee from the heat for the laptop.
  • What is your favorite blog post? - Of mine, yikes I don't know may be Free to Fly because the sentiments of the poem I posted are the same today and also relate to another lovely lady, newish to my life,  too! Of someone elses, no idea there are too many to choose from!
  • What annoys you? - People that are two faced, I'd rather just know where I stand.
  • What makes you happy? - Blogging and writing, oh and seeing my girls and hubs happy over anything.
  • Truth or Dare? ("Depends" is not an option.) - Dare, always game for a laugh. Nothing dangerous or illegal though, sorry I'm a wus too.
  • Did you collect anything as a kid? - Badges, I kind of still do. I have 5 pinned on the inside of my handbag at the moment.
  • Bath or Shower? ("Depends" is not an option.) - I always prefer a bath, with bubbles and candles. With kids you can guess just how often that one happens!!
  • Would you ever use gel pens? Sparkly ones. - Hell yeah, every Christmas all my cards go out with sparkly silver or gold writing.

  • Now for me to do the tagging, there has to be a first time right. Although I do like to be different and seeing as my favourite number is 7 here are seven lucky bloggers, tag you're it:

    * Masked Mom
    Shouldn't Life Be More Thanks This
    * Jane in Her Infinite Wisdom
    * Frazzled & Frumpy
    * Four Under 4 Plus Two
    * Buttered Toast Rocks

    Pop over to their blogs to see their answers to the following questions:

    1. Who is your literary hero?
    2. Why?
    3. What is your favourite children's story?
    4. Are you a closet reader, are there some books that you won't admit to reading?
    5. Do you have any regrets in life?
    6. Name one ambition, not including getting your writing published.
    7. Heels or flats on a night out?
    8. What is your comfort food?
    9. Normal clothes or comfy PJ's?
    10. What is your favourite film?
    11. Coke or Pepsi?

    I can't wait to see your answers and follow the answers of the other tagged by Larissa. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


    1. You're so right -- it is easier to talk about myself/anything, really, when there's a specific topic. Otherwise I usually feel like I'm grasping for straws of interest, then end up puttering lamely out near the end. Often mid-sentence.

      I love your story of the gift. Such an awesome thing. How very sweet and thoughtful of your other half, and I love that he figured out how to acquire it for you in such a way that you were still surprised.

      I also collect badges, patches, pins. I have a couple stuck to one of my purses too. I love that one glance brings back all these happy moments from when I picked them up from various places.

      I'm very much a truth person, though *sigh* I'm too afraid of dares. You are brave. I like that :)

      1. I love that we have things like this in common and that we have little differences too. Although in truth I would probably take the dare and tell you what you want to know anyway :-)

        Can't wait to see your answers now!

    2. This was terrific! I really loved, "I crush on things and people really easily and rarely fall out of love with them." Wonderful!

      And that blanket?! That's the sweetest thing EVER!

      1. Ha, thanks. I do still love that blanket, he hasn't been able to top it....yet!

    3. Yes. I dislike two faces too. Now check out my answer to Larissa's questions :-)

    4. Thanks for letting me play!

      Here are my answers to your questions:

      1. ooo now I'm really excited....make way nosey lady coming through :-)

    5. Thank you for tagging me! I've got to shake some more sand from my shoes (and clothes and hair and purse) and then I will give it a whirl!

    6. Thanks for tagging me, Sleepy! I will get right on this. I am always fascinated by the facts people come up with. I, too, develop crushes very quickly.

      1. Ok, nosey lady will be over to see your responses!!

      2. Ohhhhh Sleepy Joooooeeee! I finally finished.

      3. Thank heaven for a bank holiday weekend. I have some posts to catch up on!!

    7. Thanks for playing along Sleepy Joe! Your answers were great, and I love children's books too. Really.

      1. I enjoyed it! Children's books are just so much fun. We read one tonight about the Queen's Knockers, it was hilarious!!

    8. Thanks for the tag! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I'll try to carve out some time to do this this weekend (I needed some extra prodding to blog and now you've given me fodder...thanks!).

      1. Take a little longer if you like, I am a little behind on my reading of posts lol!!

        Seriously can't wait to be even more nosey!!

    9. Loved your answers--confirmed bath girl, here. Also with you on the two-facedness. I do confess to feeling a certain sort of awe for the two-faced, though. I barely have the time and energy to maintain ONE face, let alone two. ;)

      Finally had a chance to post my answers to your questions. Thanks again for thinking of me.

    10. Me too, I would be exhausted trying to maintain a false image. With me what you see is what you get, whether I want it that way or not!!

      I will make it over to read you responses soon I promise. I am on major catch up mode with the blogs I follow :-( I'll get there in the end!!


    Penny for your thoughts

    PS Thanks for taking the time to stop by